3 posts tagged "LnA"
The L.A. based line LnA—so named for its founders, Lauren (L) Alexander and April (A) Leight—made its name on soft, well-cut, basic tees. Echt L.A. style, in other words. But no Angelena worth her ZIP code would be caught dead without her shades, too, so the brand’s new extension makes perfect sense: For Spring ’11, LnA is debuting its first sunglass shape, the Rialto. (And speaking of ZIP codes, each pair is engraved with 90291, the Venice ZIP; they’re handmade there.) The frames (inset) are made in collaboration with Garrett Leight, son of Oliver Peoples founder Larry Leight, and inspired by eighties style icons—not the hard-driving punkers like Joan Jett, but breezier heroines like Diane Keaton and Susan Sarandon. (Keaton wore a very similar pair in ’77′s classic Annie Hall, left.) They’ll come in at under $200 when they hit stores and LNAClothing.com in February, but those who can’t wait can pre-order at Venice’s A Kinney Court now. They come in tortoise, black, and a variety of pop colors, including a magenta pair with—what else?—rose-colored lenses.
One very good way to make your name in New York: throw one of fashion week’s best parties and get Patti Smith to headline (and rasp out a McQueen tribute while she’s at it). One very good way to keep your name there: make the clothes that everyone wants to wear. LnA may be L.A.-based, but I’d say they’ve got the right idea for East Coast expansion. Designers Lauren Alexander and April Leight have expanded their basics collection for guys and girls this season to include leggings, outerwear, and even a few affordable leathers, but the tees that made their name out west are still the bread and butter of the line. There are plenty of T-shirts out there, but LnA’s can go toe to toe with the best of ‘em, and this season, they come in a couple graphic versions, too. Call it the “Telephone” effect if you must, but I’m feeling the black and white prison stripe, in a front-pocket pullover for me and a slouchy button-down for you ladies.